It’s Giveaway Time! (And where you can find me now…)

22 Apr

In celebration of my Facebook page hitting over 500 likes recently, I figured it was time for a giveaway*…and this one is HUGE!  I’m giving away a brand new Braun Oral-B Professional Series w/ Smart Guide Electric Toothbrush along with a tube of doTERRA’s On Guard Toothpaste I use and wrote about here!

This prize package is worth nearly $150! Continue reading

The 5-Second Newborn Check All Parents Should Do: A Follow-Up

25 Sep

I had debated whether or not I wanted to share my experience of dealing with a tongue and lip-tied baby and the breastfeeding issues my daughter and I dealt with, but I am so glad I did!  I want to thank all of you that have commented, emailed me and shared my blog post with others.  I have received such positive responses and some great information from so many of you!

After receiving some information and links from others out there that have also had experience with tongue/lip-ties or have researched this topic, I wanted to post a follow-up to pass along that information. Continue reading

The 5-Second Newborn Check All Parents Should Do

22 Aug

BW WebFile

Note: This article was revised and re-published on my sister-site,, on 03/09/2015.

After a bit of a hiatus, I am happy to report that our baby girl was born happy and healthy on May 22, 2014.  She is now 3 months old and has been a dream baby!  She eats well, has slept great from day one and I can already tell she is very determined to be up and mobile as soon as possible; she is so physically strong!  But I’d expect nothing less from our paleo baby.  ;)

I had planned on writing about today’s topic for a while, but I had no idea that by the time I got around to it I would be writing it with firsthand experience. Continue reading

The Mechanics of Eating for Straight Teeth: Part II

1 May

Note: This article was revised and re-published on my sister-site,, on 03/31/2015.

In my last post, I discussed the mechanics of breastfeeding and how the oral actions that take place when a baby breastfeeds stimulate proper growth and development of the palate, jaw and oral musculature giving baby a better chance at straight teeth in the future.  Now we’ll move on to the introduction of solid foods for the infant and eating into the toddler years. Continue reading

A Big Announcement! & The Mechanics of Eating for Straight Teeth: Part I

23 Mar
cat in bag

Jersey the cat

Note: This article was revised and re-published on my sister-site,, on 03/30/2015.

So, first up, an announcement!  I’m letting the cat out of the bag… The Paleo Hygienist is pregnant!  This is our first little one and I’m currently 7 1/2 months along.  We’re expecting in May 2014!  So if the blog goes extremely quiet this Summer, you’ll know why :) Continue reading

Finally! A Natural Toothpaste I LOVE!

6 Feb

With all the extra additives and chemicals in our world, many people are reducing their exposure by opting for more natural health and beauty products.  I’ve been swapping out beauty products and choosing shampoos, conditioners and soaps that are paraben-free or free of SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate).  The shampoo/conditioner I buy even says it’s gluten-free!  Man, that stuff is everywhere!  But one product I’ve had trouble replacing with a more natural alternative is toothpaste.  I’ve tried several brands on the market today that you can find in health food stores, but I kept running into the same problems; I hated the taste, or it left a funky aftertaste, or it just didn’t leave my mouth feeling clean and fresh.

doTERRA Toothpaste

doTERRA On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste

Well, I recently had the chance to try Continue reading

How Do You Sit? Is There a “Right” Way to Sit?

20 Jan

Living a modern paleo lifestyle is not just about nutrition, it’s also about how we move.  In our modern society, we have developed a lot of conveniences that have reduced the amount of movement in our day, and many of us have jobs where we sit for hours.  Sitting has been getting a lot of negative attention lately.  Some even think that sitting is so detrimental to our health that they’re labeling it “the new smoking”.  Sure, common sense tells us that too much sitting isn’t good for our health, but I don’t think we need to be so dramatic.  We need to be realistic because, for many of us, sitting is a part of our day, so instead we should learn how to manage our sitting. Continue reading

Got Milk? Calcium? Vitamin D for Strong Teeth & Bones? …You’re Likely Missing Something.

13 Jan

We all know how to get strong teeth and bones, right? Drink your milk. Take calcium supplements. And, of course, now we add in Vitamin D, which has been all the rage lately. But is all this really the answer? Why is tooth decay still such an issue for many kids and adults? And why does periodontal bone loss and osteoporosis continue to be a problem for older adults? Are we missing something? Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Alvin Danenberg: Dentist Gone Paleo!

15 Sep

One of the best parts of writing this blog has been the experience of connecting with other dental professionals, literally around the world, who are also passionate about real-food nutrition and the Paleo lifestyle.  I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Dr. Alvin Danenberg, a Periodontist at Beaufort Family Dentistry in Beaufort, South Carolina.  Upon learning about Paleo nutrition, Dr. Danenberg made changes to his own diet and is now in the process of incorporating a nutrition program into his practice.  In my opinion, Dr. Danenberg is a true mover and shaker in the dental world and I wanted to know more! Continue reading

“Help! My Patient Wants to Fix Her Child’s Cavity with…Liver?!?!”

24 May

Beef liver

Several months ago, a fellow hygienist friend of mine emailed me about a child she had seen in her office recently with a large cavity.  The dentist recommended a filling, but the child’s mother turned down the recommended treatment and instead stated she wanted to heal her child’s cavity with liver. I’m sure you can imagine  the dentist’s response! Continue reading

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